Courses Catalogue

Disaster Management

COURSE CODE: DVS 2104
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Public Administration, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introduction

  • Understanding disasters (5hrs)
  • The concept of disasters
  • An overview of a disaster situation
  • Definition of the key concepts

Categorization of disasters (7hrs)

  • By causes
  • Size
  • Speed of onset
  • Effects and Impact of Disasters effects
  • The direct damage
  • Indirect damage
  • The secondary damage

Impact (6hrs)

  • The economic impacts 
  • Social impacts
  • Psychological impacts
  • Environmental impacts

The Disaster Development Nexus (4hrs)

How disaster may cause development

How development may cause disasters

Disaster Vulnerability (3hrs)

  • General overview of vulnerability
  • Characteristics of vulnerability to disasters

The Historical perspectives of understanding vulnerability disasters (7hrs)

  • Nature as a cause of vulnerability to disasters.
  • Cost as a cause of vulnerability to disaster.
  • Human as a cause of vulnerability to disaster.

Development trends and vulnerability. (1hr)

Disaster needs assessment (3hrs)

  • Purpose
  • Implementation / plan

Response to disaster (3hrs)

  • Pre- disaster phase.
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Disaster preparedness

Post – during disaster response (6hrs)

Emergency phase / relief phase.

Rehabilitation phase / middle phase.

Reconstruction / development phase.

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Practical assignments
  • Field trips
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes